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WARBLERS: Many warblers stay to breed, including Golden-winged, Blue-winged, Lawrence’s/Brewster’s, Mourning, Yellow, Cerulean, Black-and-white, Black-throated Green, Nashville, Chestnut-sided, Pine and Canada, plus Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, both Northern and Louisiana Waterthrush, and American Redstart. Martin Road, HRCA Resource Centre, Merrick Field Centre, Beverley Swamp and the Hyde Tract are the best places to look. Hooded has been reported at Martin Road, and Prairie Warbler is believed to have bred at or near the Hyde Tract.

OTHER PASSERINES: Wood Thrushes and the occasional Veery stay to breed. Northern Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers, Eastern Towhees and Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks all breed as well, as do many flycatchers, including Least, Willow, Great-crested and Alder, plus the ‘Easterns’ – Pheobe, Wood Pewee and Kingbird. All the Warbler locations are good for these species. Among the sparrows, Field, Vesper, Savannah, Clay-colored and Grasshopper all breed and can be found in suitable, mostly rural, habitat.

SHOREBIRDS: The northward spring migration seems hardly over when the first Yellowlegs, Least Sandpipers and Short-billed Dowitchers return, showing up around the first of July. In the last few years Ruffs have also been seen at this time. Check Windermere Basin and, if water levels are right, Dundas Marsh and rural sewage lagoons. Windermere Basin and the sod farms along and near Highway 6 on the mountain south of the city are prime spots for Upland Sandpiper in mid-July.


Copyright ? 2000 – Hamilton Naturalists’ Club

The following directory of birding locations in the Hamilton Birding Area (see boundaries below) was revised in the fall of 1999 by Mike Street, with help from Bob Stamp, John Olmsted and Don McLean, whose assistance is gratefully acknowledged.

As much as possible new road names or designations (made necessary by Provincial Government ‘down-loading’ of highways onto municipal governments) have been used, with former numbers given where applicable, however:

PLEASE NOTE: 1) when a major highway goes through an urban area, the part of the highway ‘down-loaded’ will have a local name, but the major highway number is also shown on signs to allow travellers to pass through the community. Examples of this in our area are Hwys. 2, 6 and 8; 2) ‘New’ highway numbers are subject to change – even ‘new’ maps may be wrong. For instance, Governor’s Rd. in Dundas is shown as Reg. Rd. 399 on two different maps, but the actual sign on the road says ‘Reg. Rd. 99’. (The last two digits of the road number seem to be key.)

Corrections to directions and suggestions for additions to the directory are welcome. Please send to Mike Street by email at: